Devoted unto God
It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. Deuteronomy 11:13-16
Part of human nature is to be devoted to something. Sometimes, in our lives we become more devoted to things other than God. There are those that prefer to be devoted to movie stars. Their admiration to such personalities raises them to a status of honor. And there are those whose devotion is focused to sports teams. People become obsessed to things like cars, money, and possessions. It is in our nature to become obsessed with things. Devotion such as these becomes wrong and sinful when it shoved out proper behavior and proper adoration that belongs only to God. There should be nothing that holds more devotion in our lives than the Lord. What do you find when you look deep within your heart to determine the most important to you? To what you do you spend most of your time? However, there are things in life that demand more amounts of time than worship and adoration to God (i.e., work, sleep). Yet, they can also take the place of what is most important in life. God commanded those who had placed their trust in Him to seek first “His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). When we realize that we are getting out of sync with our devotion to God because our focus is not in Him, we must take a step back, reexamine what is most important to us, and once again look to Christ, to His love and mercy. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).